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Aug 24

Our Nature Adventures! Zikomo Deb & Jim!

Posted on Friday, August 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

A big thank you to Jim and Deb House for bringing Project Wild to Malawi this past June! Our children at our Montessori Christian Nursery & Primary had a very unique and rare opportunity to experience the beauty of their own country. Most of our children have not traveled beyond their town of Ndirande. Many of our staff members never had the opportunity to see their own country as well. Jim and Deb trained our school staff on how to teach the study of nature and conservation in interesting and active ways. It is our great  hope and prayer that our children, who will lead the country of Malawi in the future, will develop a profound respect and advocacy for the natural resources of their country. God made us stewards of this planet. We need to take this responsibility seriously. I hope these pictures inspire you and make you smile! peace, maribeth

Let the adventure begin! Deb and Jim spent lots of time preteaching plant and animal concepts through Project Wild.

Let the adventure begin! Deb and Jim spent lots of time preteaching plant and animal concepts through Project Wild. The children were very interested.

Nature games in preparation of our trips!

Nature games in preparation of our trips!

Inside the class studying seed dispersal!

Inside the class studying seed dispersal!

Collecting seeds for examination!

Collecting seeds for examination!

Prey and preditor! The staff enjoyed the practice too!

Prey and preditor! The staff enjoyed the practice too!

Gotcha!

Gotcha!

Making friends is what we do! Learning to love and learn together!

Making friends is what we do! Learning to love and learn together!

Our students loved the preparation for our adventures out into their country. The fieldtrips brought a new level of love and friendships. We believe all children can learn in an environment of peace, love, and encouragement. Children can heal in an environment of acceptance and love.

Our students loved the preparation for our adventures out into their country. The fieldtrips brought a new level of love and friendships. We believe all children can learn in an environment of peace, love, and encouragement. Children can heal in an environment of acceptance and love.

And the adventures begin... 36 people on a bus for 24! (Big Smiles!)

And the adventures begin... 36 people on a bus for 24! (Big Smiles!)

Big Smiles from our staff, Hilda and Tisu as they see the animals at Nyala Park. A very special thank you to Sean Saunders for our entrance to the Park!

Big Smiles from our staff, Hilda and Tisu as they see the animals at Nyala Park. A very special thank you to Sean Saunders for our entrance to the Park!

From zebra to wildebeast to giraffe, they saw the wild animals of their country and these memories will live in their hearts and minds forever!

From zebra to wildebeast to giraffe, they saw the wild animals of their country and these memories will live in their hearts and minds forever!

What a great bus adventure! Beatrice, standing next to Tisu, is our newest teacher in Paw Paw class.

What a great bus adventure! Beatrice, standing next to Tisu, is our newest teacher in Paw Paw class.

Our children had some special treats along the way! Birds on a stick!

Our children had some special treats along the way! Birds on a stick!

Climbing to the top of Mount Mulanje, third highest mountain on the continent of Africa.

Climbing to the top of Mount Mulanje, third highest mountain on the continent of Africa.

On top! Half the group went to the waterfalls and half to the top. Wow, they look tired!

On top! Half the group went to the waterfalls and half to the top. Wow, they look tired!

Mount Mulanje! Beautiful and majestic!

Mount Mulanje! Beautiful and majestic!

Top of the Zomba Plateau! A special thank you to Auswald from Malawi Wildlife and Conservation Society!

Top of the Zomba Plateau! A special thank you to Auswald from Malawi Wildlife and Conservation Society!

Being quiet in the wonder of creation. Falls at Zomba.

Being quiet in the wonder of creation. Falls at Zomba.

The children traveled back late each evening. Here is a Malawian sunset for you! There is nothing like it.

The children traveled back late each evening. Here is a Malawian sunset for you! There is nothing like it.

Our Paw Paw students, the youngest children, had a very special field trip to St. Andrews Primary School's Farm. They encountered little and big creatures for the first time. A big thank you to Peter Slone, Headmaster, and Sarah Wiggin, teacher, for making this happen for our children.

Our Paw Paw students, the youngest children, had a very special field trip to St. Andrews Primary School's Farm. They encountered little and big creatures for the first time. A big thank you to Peter Slone, Headmaster, and Sarah Wiggin, teacher, for making this happen for our children.

First horse!

First horse!

First turtle and first turtle feeding!

First turtle and first turtle feeding!

Turtle love!

Turtle love!

Bunny love!

Bunny love!

Geese and Turkey encounter!

Geese and Turkey encounter!

It was the best day ever!

It was the best day ever!

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